Tips ‘n Tricks »
Here you will find tips, tricks, and guides on various different topics, but mainly focused on computers.
Driver Magician, a commercial driver backup and restore software, is often given out on GOTD. For what it is worth, Drive Magician is a good program. Today I am here to tell you about a program that allows you to backup and restore drivers in a similar manner as Driver Magician; however the program is freeware and is very easy to use.…Read More »
I hate keyloggers. Hate, hate, hate. I am not sure anyone likes keyloggers (besides the scum who use them for evil purposes). If you like keyloggers please tell me so I can ban you. I am only half joking.
To protect ourselves from scumware such as keyloggers, there are security programs such as Avira, Kaspersky, Norton, Threatfire, Malwarebytes, etc.…Read More »
Remember Stickies? Well the developer of Stickies has some other note worthy programs; one of them is Caffeine. Caffeine is a very simple program designed to accomplish one task and one task only: to prevent your computer from locking/going to sleep/turning on the screensaver/turn off monitor/etc.…Read More »
Unless you specifically tell a program otherwise, most programs nowadays will add themselves to your start menu when you install them. If you navigate your start menu often you know how annoying it is to view the dozens (hundreds?) of entries there.…Read More »
Process Tamer is a program that allows you to control how much CPU one specific program/process uses. We all have encountered programs that allow us to “set CPU priority” for that specific program (i.e. FormatFactory). Process Tamer is a program that works in a similar way with the only difference being that Process Tamer can control CPU priority for all programs instead of just it’s own.…Read More »
How To: Fix some eXPert PDF Pro annoyances (prevent PDF Printer from starting on boot and turn it off automatically when you are done using it).
NOTE: This may only work for 32-bit machines… I don’t know since I don’t have a 64-bit computer.
As all dotTech readers know, I often recommend eXPert PDF Pro 5 (or v4 or v6) whenever someone needs a PDF program. With eXPert PDF Pro not only can you create a PDF out of anything but you can also edit PDFs, add watermarks, etc.…Read More »
Okay so I am a little bored, I don’t want to do my homework, and I need to come up with another Tips ‘n Tricks article before I loose my mojo. So I am thinking and I figure, why we gotta be so serious all the time?…Read More »
8 free software to image/backup/ghost your computer (free alternatives to Acronis True Image, Norton Ghost, etc.).
Lately I have been running into a lot of backup programs. Each time I see a backup program, I think “Acronis True Image” or “Norton Ghost”. However both Acronis and Norton are commercial products that can be had for five simple payments of $19.95!…Read More »
For me booting up the computer is a touchy subject. Not because of the actual turning on the computer, waiting for it to load, blah blah; rather the idea of some idiotic program making itself start up on Windows boot makes my blood boil.…Read More »
Update: Please continually refer to dotTech’s forum thread on FormatFactory updates to keep in the circle about new FormatFactory features and updates.
For those who don’t know what FormatFactory is please refer back to my original post to read up on it.…Read More »
Ever been asked “what are the specs of your computer” or “what [insert hardware component here] do you have” or “does your computer have a [insert hardware product here]” or “what programs do you have installed” or [insert hardware related question here]?…Read More »
I am sure many of you have read my post on 7 free software to image/backup/ghost your computer (free alternatives to Acronis True Image, Norton Ghost, etc.). For those that have not, you really should. In my post I explained the difference between file backup and image backup software (keep in mind the differences between the two type of backup software are quickly becoming “gray” instead of black and white as developers continue to add new features to their programs… features that may or may not venture into non-native territories if you get what I mean) and also pointed out which image backup software, in my opinion, was the best freeware one out there (at the time of that post).…Read More »
Today I will leave out the the usual brouhaha and cut right to the chase. I am here to tell you about an extremely powerful freeware file/folder renaming tool (if you somehow missed what the title said =P):
Rename Master is a complex, yet elegant (in a weird way), software that allows to you rename files/folders in multiple different ways:
- Add characters/words to the beginning/end of file/folder names.
Update: If you are ready to remove Windows 7, feel free to read out How to remove or ‘uninstall’ Windows 7 guide to help you on your way.
NOTE: Before you go the Windows 7 website and sign up to download Windows 7 Beta If you are using Chrome or Opera, you have to use Internet Explorer or FireFox. …Read More »
Over the past year I have been posting about GoDaddy.com promotions on how to get domains for really cheaper. They are the come-and-go type of promotions. Well the promo is back.
For a limited time (until May 1st or first 5000 redemptions) you can get 1 year domain registration for $0.99 + $0.20 ICANN fee to equal a grand total of $1.19!…Read More »
Avira AntiVir is free, has an amazing detection rate, supports Vista and 64-bit, and has a very low memory usage. While many people put up with the ads, few people know a trick to disable them.
Windows XP Home
- Boot into Safe Mode (hit F8 constantly while the computer is rebooting).
Anyone know when e-mail was invented? I don’t >.>’. Did Al Gore invent it? Who cares. The point is (actually it really isn’t the point…I am just trying to be funny) that email is wide spread across the globe and is used by the poor, the rich, and everything in between.…Read More »
Oh PrintScreen how well you have served us over the years; always there, willing and able, when the need arrived to capture that very special moment in our computing lives. So simple, yet so empowering: press PrintScreen, paste into Paint and go.…Read More »
Don’t know if your software (or hardware) will work with Windows 7? Find out from the Windows 7 Compatibility Center or use the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
One of the biggest issues with Windows Vista was the lack of compatibility with existing hardware and software. Microsoft released a Windows Vista Compatibility Center to help address the issue and inform users of what works with Vista and what does not (although a compatibility center did not solve the core issue of how Windows Vista pre-SP1 was horrible and mostly incompatible with just about everything).…Read More »
I actually have known about this for a few days now but I resisted in posting about it because Dreamhost is not what I would call a top class host. However, I came to the conclusion that less then $10, someone who wants to run a simple blog or website may want to jump on this offer.…Read More »
Get 5 domains + private registration for cheaper than 1 domain + private registration (includes free hosting and email).
NOTE: Officially GoDaddy.com states that “domains with bulk pricing do not qualify for additional promotional discounts” and coupons are “not applicable to bulk domain purchases or discounted domain products” but I have done this before once and it has worked perfectly.…Read More »
Update: This offer has now expired.
Recall how last year GoDaddy.com had a $0.99 1 year domain registration and $1.99 1 year domain registration offer? I am kind of obsessed with registering domains, so I signed myself up for a SlickDeals alert in case the deals ever came around again.…Read More »
Ever wanted to be able to reorder the buttons on your taskbar – place them in an order that fits your needs the best? Maybe you want your Firefox button to appear before (to the left of) your Word button but you opened Word first and therefore it appears first.…Read More »
Mixed in with all the brouhaha over today’s giveaway Video to Flash Converter, Giovanni, the great free-alternative software conquistatore (otherwise known as ‘conquistador’ to us culturally insensitive Americans), posted about a program that allows you to turn your PowerPoints into SWF flash videos.…Read More »
NOTE: This article is mainly focused on how to remove Windows 7. However, the methods here still apply even if you are trying to remove a different OS such as Vista or XP.
At this point, there are bound to be many people who the Windows 7 fetish has worn off of.…Read More »